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Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience in Film

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The United States was and still is a country of immigrants. This study group will delve into the immigrant experience as portrayed in a selection of movies, starting with Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 classic, The Immigrant. We will view and discuss one film per week, each illuminating a different aspect of the immigrant experience including movies that deal with native Americans and enslaved Africans as well as voluntary immigrants from Europe, Asia and Mexico. Among the films we are considering are: Last of the Mohicans (1992-British and Native Americans); Amistad (1997-Africans); The Emigrants (1971-Swedes); Hester Street (1975) or Avalon (1990-Polish Jews); Angela’s Ashes (1999-Irish); Brides (2005-Greeks from Anatolia); The Immigrant (2013-Poles); The Golden Door (2006-Sicilians); Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart (1985-Chinese); A Better Life (2011-Mexicans); House of Sand & Fog (2003-Iranian); and The Namesake(2006). This study group continues our examination of immigration to the USA, following the fall 2017 study group on Immigration & Ethnicity in American History. All are welcome to delve into the multi-dimensional story of immigration.

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Ann Rusnak2.Tom Swanstrom3.Dan Burns 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
3/7/2018 - 6/6/2018 Weekly - Wed 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Dan Burns  ; Tom Swanstrom  ; Ann Rusnak  ClassRoom